Saints Displaced and Replaced - Sightings (Martin Marty)
As a pastor I've done my share of funerals and memorial services. I've heard it said that the deceased didn't want any services. Just put me in a pine box or cremate me, with no words. The reasoning is that the deceased didn't want to be a bother. Unfortunately, those who remain behind feel the need to be bothered. Martin Marty uses the image of saints to get us to thinking about how we think of and respond to the dead. He uses the time of All Saints to raise the question. Oh, and he addresses how some in the funeral industry are responding to the trend toward cremation -- replacing expensive caskets with expensive urns. But thanks to Pope Francis, some words of wisdom are shared. Since Marty shared this on Monday, which was Saint Herculanus Day, I should note that you are seeing this on St. Aedh MacBricc Day (there were several choices, but this one stood out!). I'll let you read and respond!